Digital Cinema Initiatives

ABOUT DCI

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March, 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. DCI's primary purpose is to establish and document voluntary specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality control.


 

DCI Memorandum on Digital Cinema Compliance with NIST SP800-56Br1

Approved 16 March 2017

On September 1, 2015, DCI provided to SMPTE a memorandum regarding its investigation into the implications of SP800-56Br1 compliance, should NIST decide to enforce it. In May 2016, NIST announced that it would enforce SP800-56Br1. This document is an update to DCI's earlier FIPS memoranda regarding impact to Media Block (MB) designs and the Key Delivery Message (KDM).

In order to continue to rely upon NIST and FIPS standards and FIPS 140-2 validations, DCI compliant MBs must be compliant to NIST SP800-56Br1 as of January 2018. Contrary to DCI's September 2015 observations, a detailed examination has concluded that the existing structure of SMPTE KDMs as currently used is compliant and needs no changes. However, MB designs will be modestly impacted by other SP800-56Br1 requirements, as discussed below.

Click here for the complete: DCI Memorandum on Digital Cinema Compliance with NIST SP800-56Br1

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DCI Memorandum on RNG Revocation and Related NIST and FIPS Developments

Approved 16 March 2017

On January 1, 2016, the Random Number Generator (RNG) used by the D-Cinema industry for content integrity validation became disallowed under NIST requirements for FIPS-mode Cryptographic Module (CM) operation. Additionally, the RNG historically used for Media Block (MB) RSA key generation has also been revoked. As a result, all existing MBs have been moved from the NIST "Active Validation" list to the "Historical Validation" list.

Click here for the complete: DCI Memorandum on RNG Revocation and Related NIST and FIPSDevelopments (PDF)


 

Jim Whittlesey

DIGITAL CINEMA INITIATIVES, LLC, ANNOUNCES PURDUE SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF JIM WHITTLESEY

Hollywood, California - February 18, 2017 - Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, (DCI) announced today that it has created a scholarship fund at Purdue University in memory of Jim Whittlesey (1953-2017). Jim received his BSEE from Purdue University in 1981.

Jim was known and beloved throughout the entertainment industry as a d-cinema pioneer and ambassador. DCI is forever grateful to Jim for his invaluable contributions to its organization and to the digital cinema community.

Jim worked for DCI from 2003 to 2005 during the initial development of the DCI System Specification, becoming its Director of Technology. He returned to consult for DCI in late 2014 until his untimely passing in January 2017.

The DCI scholarship donation of $12,000 will aid students in electrical engineering and computer science. DCI invites you to honor Jim's legacy by making contributions to the Jim Whittlesey Scholarship Fund at: Giving.Purdue.edu/InMemoryofJimWhittlesey.

About Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, (DCI) was created in March 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. The primary purpose of DCI is to establish and document specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality. See www.dcimovies.com for more information.

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